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NHL Postseason Round Robin Game Day: 8-3-20 Capitals v Lightning

Definite room for improvement as the Lightning hold on for dear life for the victory.

WSH-2
TB-3 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 33 shots before turning away two of three in the penalty shot session for the (postseason) SO win. Weird game for Vasilevskiy. Positionally and in terms of tracking the puck, he was on his game, but his inability to squeeze the puck led to two gift goals that gave the Caps momentum and almost cost the Lightning the game. Vasilevskiy redeemed himself with an excellent performance from the Third Period on, but once we get to the point where the bullets flying are even more real, soft goals can't happen. Cannot.

First Period
12:53 TB Kucherov (1), (Point)

Second Period
7:48 TB Stephens (1), (McDonagh, Maroon)
17:24 WSH Panik (1), (Gudas, Eller)
19:32 WSH Kuznetsov (1), (Orlov, Backstrom)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
WSH- Oshie
TB- Point, Kucherov

The first half of that game the Lightning's depth really seemed to dominate on the forecheck and from a possession standpoint as the grinded Washington to a halt and threatened on more than one occasion to push the advantage to three goals and put it away. But, two soft goals and the Caps forecheck got going and you got a pretty embarrassing display by the Lightning from 17:24 of the Second Period on. You had coverage busts. Turnovers. Odd man rushes. Faceoffs getting lost cleanly in the defensive zone. It wasn't good, and only some luck and Vasilevskiy regaining his wits managed to help the Lightning snatch this one from the jaws of defeat. Not good enough. This wasn't good enough to be sustainable once they hit seven game series, and the really scary part for me is that Washington did that to the Lightning without their number one defenseman (Carlson) in the lineup. Jon Cooper needs to light some butts on fire because what they put out at the end of this game may get them embarrassed against Boston. Playtime is over.

Mitchell Stephens had a greasy goal, 2 shots, and 4 hits in 10:03. He was also 67% on a dozen draws. Big plaudits given to Stephens by the coaching staff throwing him out to win a d-zone draw on a 4-on-3 PK with 9 seconds left in OT. And he scrambled it and then cleared it on his own. Big time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Exhibition Game Day: 7-29-20 Lightning v Panthers

COVID-19 pandemic or no COVID-19 pandemic...

TB-5
FLA-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 26 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He was extremely sharp, and having a sharp goaltender might be the single most critical element a team needs for success in this bizarre postseason tournament format.

First Period
13:42 TB Point (1), (Palat, Kucherov)
19:55 TB Point (2), (Shattenkirk)

Second Period
1:53 TB Kucherov (1), (Sergachev, Point)(PP)
5:13 TB Schenn (1), (Palat, Gourde)

Third Period
9:12 TB Kucherov (2), (Point, Palat)

This game turned out to be a pretty nice tune up for the Lightning heading toward their round robin encounters against better competition. The team did look sluggish much of the First Period, with a few notable exceptions like Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde, and got into some penalty trouble which allowed Vasilevskiy to see some action early and often. Late in the period the Lightning managed to get a couple of goals against the run of play including the game opener off a pretty horrendous Panthers turnover in their own corner. There will be teachable moments on that first 20 minutes of tape, but the team wasn't made to pay and once they got the early PP marker in the Second Period the rout was on. Confidence and special teams are also at a premium in this tournament coming off a prolonged stoppage and, with the exception of some early harrowing moments on the PK, I thought the Lightning did well in those areas.

If I were a Panthers player, my morale would be in the toilet knowing the Lightning did that to my team without franchise cornerstones Stamkos and Hedman in the lineup. Just sayin'.

Mitchell Stephens had 1 shot and was 55% on 11 draws in 12:35.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-10-20 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Lightning can't overcome depleted defense, anemic start, and special teams mistakes.

TB-1
TOR-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the loss. He did his part to give the team a chance, stopping 16 shots in the opening frame alone. He deserved better goal support tonight.

First Period
12:42 TOR Nylander (31), (Tavares, Marner)(PP)

Second Period
15:22 TB Palat (17), (Kucherov)

Third Period
3:38 TOR Matthews (47), (Marner, Matthews)(PP)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

Really hard to see this Tampa Bay club battle back from a horrendously flat First Period to get to even footing only to lose the game on one bad positional decision by Erik Cernak on a Third Period PK. It didn't help the Lightning failed to bear down on the chances they had including three breakaways and a wide open Palat chance from the slot that found crossbar. All that said, putting the First Period debacle aside, to be able to play the way they did on balance in the final 40 minutes without Victor Hedman isn't a horrible sign. I never really felt Toronto was all that threatening at even strength in the final two frames. They desperately need their cornerstone defenseman back, though.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 3-8-20 Lightning at Red Wings

Flat Lightning see streak of supremacy over Detroit come to a close.

TB-4
DET-5 (SO)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 4 goals on 28 shots before allowing 2 of 3 to convert in the PS session for the loss. His positioning was pretty terrible all game long and after being pretty solid most of the year he's hit a cold streak that's pretty concerning of late.

First Period
10:11 DET Fabbri (15), (Bertuzzi, Mantha)

Second Period
11:11 TB Point (24), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)
14:57 TB Verhaeghe (9), (unassisted)
19:45 DET Larkin (19), (Mantha, Bertuzzi)

Third Period
1:41 DET Mantha (16), (Larkin, Bertuzzi)(PP)
4:24 DET Bertuzzi (20), (Mantha, Larkin)
5:55 TB Point (25), (Gourde)
11:19 TB Maroon (9), (Schenn, Gourde)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Sergchev
DET- Larkin, Fabbri

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

The Lightning came out flat as a pancake after last night's emotional game against the Bruins even despite McDonagh's return to the lineup. They overcame that, though, and looked solidly in control in the Second Period until a puck luck bounce off McDonagh with 15 seconds to go in the period knotted things 2-2. Between the soft goals and puck luck bounces at both ends, it was a weird game, but the bottom line for me is that, with more competent goaltending, this is a game the Lightning should've won comfortably.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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